Covid-19 has hit a council’s finances like “a tsunami of horror” which could seriously affect services for the coming years, according to the authority's deputy leader.
Jane Scullion told Calderdale Council's cabinet on Monday the pandemic had brought increased costs and vastly reduced income.
She said government help would cover around £13.6m of an estimated £17.7m budget deficit this year and of the remainder the council needs to find around £3.7m in savings.
But she said lost revenue, including an estimated £10m in lost Council Tax and Business Rate due to coronavirus, would have implications for budgets for a number of years to come.
Mrs Scullion said she feared things were "going to get worse" and warned the council may have to run to a "business critical model" with the authority only running those core services it has to provide by law.
“I sound like Job, but really, really this is very serious for the council," she said.